Welcome. It looks like 2017 is a busy year. Death Ship is now out in paperback - the latest in the Shaw & Valentine series, while The Starlings, a collection of short stories edited by Ann Cleeves, continues to attract readers to a wide range of Gothic crime tales, inlcuding my own contribution.

We are now into our sixteenth year of continuous publication. My first series is set in Ely, in the Fens, and features journalist Philip Dryden and his side-kick Humph. The Water Clock, the very first Dryden mystery, is still selling well more than a decade later. The books won a Dagger In The Library.

The second series is set up on the north Norfolk coast and stars DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine. It won the New Angle Prize for literature linked to East Anglia. The books are set on what I like to call 'The Fifty Mile Beach' - the stunning sandy stretch which runs along the edge of the North Sea. Some of the stories are also set in King's Lynn - a Medieval port which still has a dark Gothic, heart.

I hope you enjoy the site. I'd love to hear from anyone who has read the books and wants to share thoughts / problems / opinions or just get in touch. You can contact meĀ here

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